Gatchina Palace

Gatchina Palace

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  • 5-6 hours

    from 2 persons

    from $135

    Availaibility: every day except Monday.

    We could combine the tour with the visit to Pushkin.

According to the contemporary records, the Empress and her suite visited Gatchina several times to inspect the construction. The building works were completed by 1781. The palace that emerged as a result looked like an Italian palazzo with facades faced with natural stone, Pudost limestone.

The Gatchina palace collection was begun by Count Gregory Orlov, the palace’s first owner and a collector of hunting weapons, paintings and objects of decorative arts from Western Europe and the East. After his death, the Grand Duke Paul Petrovich came to own the Palace, which later served as an imperial residence from 1796 through 1917. Throughout this time, the collection continued to expand.

Following the October Revolution, the Palace was opened to the public as a museum and until the WWII remained the largest museum among the suburban palaces outside of St Petersburg both in terms of its spaces and the scope of the collection. The Museum holdings included 54,030 artworks on view or in storage.

Cost of the tour:

Special offer for tour leaders with bigger groups →
Number of people in the group 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person, USD 235 195 170 150 135
TOTAL price, USD 470 585 680 750 810

Don't mind joining a group?

Sign up for a fixed-rate small group tour with an English-speaking guide at $135 per person! No more than 6 (SIX) persons in a group. The rate remains the same even if just 2 persons book the tour!

The price includes:

Tour tickets for cruise ship passenegrs (if required)

Pick up and drop off at the cruise ship/hotel directly

The services of an English-speaking guide and his/her undivided attention

The rent of a comfortable vehicle with a/c and driver services

Entrance tickets

The permission for amateur photo and video

Parking fees

Free bottled water (1 bottle per person)

The price does NOT include:

The cost of lunch (about USD 7-10 per person at a cafe, about USD 25-40 per person at a restaurant)

Tips to the guide/driver (at your discretion, usually about 10% of the total tour cost to both)

Health insurance

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